G-2863

Too Young to Wed

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Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: Kenya

Location: Maralal

Total Budget: $50,000

Areas of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, Community economic development



WHAT NEEDS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED:

Kenya's Samburu County has a high incidence of child marriage. 50% of girls are married as children, mostly to older males. 62% become teen mothers.

Child marriage is devastating to young girls in terms of lost education and goals, health risks incurred giving birth at young ages, and in terms of maternal mortality.

The region is a pastoralist, traditional society, but very much affected by current issues of climate change, conflict and the decreased availability of land. Deepening poverty results in more families marrying off their daughters at young ages. Samburu County's young females are described as "Kenya's most excluded girls".

Sambura County is a pastoralist, traditional society, barely changed in 3000 years, but very much affected by current issues of climate change, conflict and decreased availability of land. Conditions have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Deepening poverty results in more families marrying off their daughters at young ages. Kenya's president and Sambura County elders, in the 2020 Kisima Declaration, called for an end to child marriage and FGM, yet these practices continue.

HOW WILL THE PROJECT MEET THESE NEEDS?

Too Young to Wed (TYTW) has worked in Kenya since 2015 and has provided scholarships to 60 Samburu girls to attend school. Keeping girls in school is the most protective factor against child marriage. Our project continues with this effort and seeks to expand it. Aside from scholarships, we will foster family/community dialogue in the effort to encourage parents to remain in school and not enter into marriage.

WHAT WILL PROJECT FUNDS BE USED FOR?

Funds will be used to implement the program in one ward of Samburu County. TYTW has reviewed the potential of other wards within the county to which it would like to eventually move, following a spider-scale format, once it has initial results and resources permitting.

Primary Host Partner

District: 9212

Rotary Club of: Maralal

Primary Contact: Laura Lemunyete

Email: llemunyete@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 7230

Rotary Club of: Peekskill

Primary Contact: Lynne Nayman

Email: lynnenayman@gmail.com

Project Status

Need $45,000
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Project listed for the 2021-22 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

Peekskill (7230)

1-Mar-22

$5,000

$0

$5,000

Remaining Amount to Raise

Additional Club Contribution (Needed) - Add a contribution

$45,000

-

$45,000

Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation

-

$0

$0

Total

$50,000

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries

20-Dec-21

System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.

1-Mar-22

System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $5,000 by Luis Segarra of the Rotary Club of Peekskill, District 7230.

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